Lightbox: A Traveling Exhibition provides greater exposure of the Archive Project and its member artists to a wide range of communities. Through Lightbox, Visual AIDS honors all the Archive Project member artists who share their talent and inspire us to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Visual AIDS Archive Project includes a diverse group of HIV+ artists and documents thousands of their artworks. The Archive Project artists are represented in the lightboxes by two slides of their artwork.
With well over 200 artists included, Lightbox provides an insightful look at contemporary art. Lightbox proves that while HIV/AIDS has been a terrible, devastating epidemic, people living with the virus have made tremendous contributions to our culture. The exhibit reminds us of the human side of the epidemic, which can be forgotten in discussions of statistics, medicine, and policy.
Visual AIDS believes that art can inform, build understanding, and inspire action. Lightbox also recognizes that the Archive seen as a whole has tremendous power. The range of work in the Archive presents a complex story of the AIDS epidemic in the United States over the past two decades. They reflect the perspectives of individuals who come from varied backgrounds and communities. The works express pain, joy, anger, fear, hope, and compassion.
All artists with HIV/AIDS are welcome to join the Archive. Estates may join on artists' behalf.
Lightbox: A Traveling Exhibition is available to galleries, schools, community organizations, or any other public venues. Lightbox has been exhibited nationally in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington. If you would like to host a Lightbox exhibition, please contact Visual AIDS.
A selection of installation views.
Lightbox is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Visual AIDS thanks the many generous supporters of the Archive Project including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Program, the Debs Foundation, the Arthur F. & Arnold M. Frankel Foundation, the David Geffen Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Agnes Gund Charitable Fund, the Mary J. Hutchins Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Visual AIDS also thanks the many individual donors and volunteers who contribute to the Archive Project.